Love Is Better Than Ever (1952)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  23 February 1952 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 292 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 3 critic

The dancing teacher Anastasia falls in love with the smart theatre agent Jud. He likes her, too, but does not want to give up his solo life at all. Thus she plans a trap for him...


0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: William Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas
Rhapsody (1954)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory. A piano student at the conservatory falls madly in ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Vittorio Gassman, John Ericson
Beau Brummell (1954)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1796, Captain George Brummell of the 10th Royal Hussars Regiment offends the Prince of Wales with his straightforward outspokenness and gets fired from the army but is chosen as the Prince's personal advisor.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but hides from them a secret about a problem he has--he is so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light.

Director: Norman Krasna
Stars: Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Percy Waram
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man brings his devoted pet with him when he is drafted into the army. The pet happens to be an adult lion, named Fearless Fagan. Based on a true story.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Janet Leigh, Carleton Carpenter, Keenan Wynn
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds
Cynthia (1947)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sickly girl finds an outlet in music.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy, S.Z. Sakall
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1850 Oregon, when a backwoodsman brings a wife home to his farm, his six brothers decide that they want to get married too.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards
Elephant Walk (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch
Conspirator (1949)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

On a visit to London, 18 year-old American Melinda Greyton goes to her first party, a Regimental ball. There she meets and falls madly in love with Major Michael Curragh, a handsome ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Saville
Stars: Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Robert Flemyng
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

English dancehall actress Julia Packett hasn't seen her daughter since Susan was a few months old, having given her up to be raised by her respectable and wealthy father William (whom Julia... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford
Without Love (1945)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In World War II Washington DC, Jamie Rowan, enters a loveless marriage with scientist Pat Jamieson and becomes his assistant. Struggles bring them closer together.

Director: Harold S. Bucquet
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball


Complete credited cast:
Anastacia (Stacie) Macaboy
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Mrs. Macaboy
Tom Tully ...
Mr. Charles E. Macaboy
Mrs. Levoy
Pattie Marie Levoy
Mrs. Kahrney
Doreen McCann ...
Albertina Kahrney
Alex Gerry ...
Dick Wessel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Lee ...
Little Boy


The dancing teacher Anastasia falls in love with the smart theatre agent Jud. He likes her, too, but does not want to give up his solo life at all. Thus she plans a trap for him... Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's Liz in a Whiz of a Racy Romance!


Comedy | Romance


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 February 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Melhor é Casar  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Gene KellySee more »


Anastacia Macaboy: I had no idea you had to work this hard to get married!
See more »


We're Just Intelligent Girls
Sung by the chorus girls at the Copacabana
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This Could Have Been Better and was
13 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Even though the performers are kid performers Love Is Better Than Ever suffers from the fact that a musical performer should obviously have been in the lead. I'm guessing that Debbie Reynolds must have been otherwise engaged because this was clearly a vehicle that would have been good for her. Similarly MGM could have cast Marge and Gower Champion in the leads and given the Larry Parks role a dancing background to make it fit Gower.

Instead Elizabeth Taylor was assigned the role of the young dancing hopeful looking for a big break and who runs a dancing school to keep the bills paid. Liz clearly does not look comfortable doing the musical parts although she doesn't have to worry about the kids outshining her.

She meets up with Larry Parks who is a theatrical agent and a player and although he breaks her heart at first, she's determined to trap him. In fact she makes it a family project with parents Tom Tully and Josephine Hutchinson in on the game.

MGM took this same idea and did it much better three years later with The Tender Trap starring Frank Sinatra and wait for it Debbie Reynolds. That film is told from the man's point of view, but it is infinitely superior to Love Is Better Than Ever.

MGM held up the release of Love Is Better Than Ever because of the blacklist which Larry Parks was prominently on. When they did release it was in deference to Elizabeth Taylor whom they were trying to build up. The film did neither of their careers any good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Identifying 'Kid' jhandley-2
Discuss Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: